Mr. Artie Csonka emigrated from Hungary in the 1950s. Upon arriving in New York City, he immediately went to a restaurant and ordered a Coca Cola. Much to his shock, it was the foulest drink he had ever tasted. After that disappointment, he became a traveling magician, The Hat Man, specializing in chapeaugraphy, where he would manipulate felt hats and portray immigrant characters. His most loved, Ziggy Datz, "from somevhere over dere."
The year she stopped eating and working and talking, she devolved, draping cloth over mirrors, not brushing her teeth. She went from Emily Dickinson to Sylvia Plath to Anne Sexton, reading their work over and over, copying their words. A day came. She reached for a pencil... cracked egg, hot griddle. Her first poem filled two pages. She now eats oatmeal and wanton soup from the Chinese restaurant.